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June 3, 2014

Holtzclaw wins state senate District 2 primary

Incumbent Bill Holtzclaw, R-Madison, secured the Alabama Senate District 2 GOP seat during Tuesday’s elections, according to unofficial primary election results.

Holtzclaw secured 1,805 votes in Limestone County, or 67.88 percent of the precinct. The district includes parts of Limestone and Madison counties. Holtzclaw received 4,943 votes or 65.41 percent of the precinct in Madison with 24 of 26 precincts counted at press time.

“I want to thank the voters and supporters across the district that spans two counties,” Holtzclaw said Tuesday. “I want to thank them for their support and for turning out. I also want to share … I recognize that even those that may not have aligned with me during this particular election that I in fact represent them. I am going to continue to work with all the voters across the district to continue to do what is best for our communities.”

Holtzclaw faced George Barry of Madison. Barry is the owner of Amflex Packaging and a member of the State Republican Executive Committee and the Madison County Republican Executive Committee. His last political race was 2008 when he ran for the U.S. Fifth Congressional District.

Barry finished with 854 ballots and 32.11 percent of the precinct in Limestone County and 2,614 votes or 34.59 percent in Madison County (24 of 26 precincts counted at press time.)

No candidates ran in the Democratic primary to oppose Holtzclaw come November.

Holtzclaw’s campaign

Holtzclaw focused his campaign on “Honor, Courage, Commitment.” He said he wanted to deliver when it comes to roads, which he believes will lead to greater economic growth. He has also vowed to bring more jobs to Alabama and more accountability in government.

Holtzclaw, was elected in 2010 to the Alabama Senate, District 2, representing parts of Limestone and Madison counties. Holtzclaw is chairman of the Senate Veterans and Military Affairs committee and chairman of the Joint Legislative Committee for Contract Review.

He also serves as a member of Finance and Taxation General Fund; Small Business and Economic Development; Banking and Insurance; Children, Youth Affairs and Human Resources; Commerce, Transportation and Utilities; Education Policy; and Local Legislation No. 4, a newly-created committee.

According to Holtzclaw, he has sponsored and passed legislation to provide additional resources and protection to military members, reform and strengthen DUI penalties, and streamline state government.

He was born in Elaine, Arkansas and was orphaned at birth. He lived in a United Methodist Children’s Home in Little Rock until he was adopted at age 5.  He graduated from Jonesboro High School in 1982 and enlisted in the Marine Corps. Holtzclaw retired from the Marines in 2003 after 20 years of active duty service. He served two combat tours including Operation Desert Storm and Operation Restore Hope.

He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Athens State University in 2006 where he received a bachelor’s degree in business.

Holtzclaw and his family moved to Madison in 1999. He and Pam, his wife of 29 years, have two daughters, Sydney and Abby, and a son-in-law, Michael.

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